1985 GL1200 LTD stator (of course)

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1985 GL1200 LTD stator (of course)

Postby Shadowman56 » Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:28 pm

66k mi.
I had my bike in a service shop to replace the stator (and voltage regulator while they were at it).
After pulling the engine and making the replacement, the wires to the VR were melting. They had to install a second VR. When the engine was re-started, I was told the voltage was all over the scale(?) Next I was told that the "rotor" (or "flywheel") that spins around the stator, possibly had defective or degraded magnets, causing charging problems. It would likely need to be replaced(?)
Has anyone ever heard of this? Can the magnets, embedded in the rotor degrade and cause this kind of problem? I know heat is a huge enemy of this system.
I'm getting fed up.
I've been seriously contemplating the "Poor-boy" conversion(?) I'm not concerned about "original" / "stock". I'd just like the thing to run.
I took a fabulous round trip ride to Sturgis in 2011. It ran like a champ. Right after I got back, charging problems began.
Any advice would, of course, be greatly appreciated.

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Re: 1985 GL1200 LTD stator (of course)

Postby skier » Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:52 pm

If they pull the engine for the second time, will you be paying the labor?

My '87 has 109k on it, with the original stator (believe it or not). I'm also not concern about originality, and I'm going the alternator route when/if my stator fails. Especially if you can do the work, then I think the Poorboy (or other) alternator conversion is the way to go.

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Re: 1985 GL1200 LTD stator (of course)

Postby Shadowman56 » Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:04 pm

No, I pulled the bike out of the shop.
Cost: $0 (They didn't fix it).
So, now, rather than deal with engine removal, I'm thinking "poor-boy".
Doing research.
The last thing I saw was a version of the kit with the alternator "exteral"(?)
Not too attractive. Prefer, inside the cowling/faring.

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Re: 1985 GL1200 LTD stator (of course)

Postby Phunnybone » Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:40 am


There's this one too http://www.dupli-tech.com/goldwing-alternator-convertor.html

Turn-around is probably slower than doing a poorboy, but you get all you need in one kit and don't have to go buy/fabricate anything. I've ordered mine, now just waiting (they only make 8 at a time). Just use their contact us page and let them know what bike you have and your address so they can calculate shipping.

Then you'll have to do the money order/cashier's check thing.

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Re: 1985 GL1200 LTD stator (of course)

Postby feetup » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:18 am

I'm convinced that the poorboy conversion, or anything close is the best answer. I really wouldn't want the alternator hanging out there in the dirt and rain and looking ugly.
I added the external alternator, poorboy style, before my stator failed. As far as I know the stator may still be good. I don't regret any part of it. You can even access the idle screw and sync port! It is virtually invisible and worry free.
I didn't use Don's kit, since I have all necessary fabrication tools, but I feel that his kit is very well worth the money he is asking. I doubt he is making minimum wage for his time. All the location and spacing issues have been dealt with.
Do a "Campbell" style mod as well and solve a whole list of electrical issues at once.

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